Publication Date

January 1, 2005

Perspectives Section

AHA Activities

Dear AHA Members,

The Nominating Committee will meet in early February 2005 to recommend two candidates for each of the following positions:

  1. President-elect (by rotation, either in Europe or fields other than U.S./Europe).*
  2. Vice president of the Research Division.
  3. Two places on the AHA Council, which governs the Association. One position traditionally has been held by a graduate student.
  4. A member of the Professional Division, which deals with the rights and responsibilities of historians, professional conduct, the job market, data collection, membership, and professional service prizes.
  5. A member of the Research Division, which promotes research and new research tools, governs relationships with fellow professional organizations, establishes and awards research grants and fellowships, and oversees the American Historical Reviewand the annual meeting.
  6. A member of the Teaching Division, which supervises AHA educational activities and the Association's educational publications, promotes history education, and encourages new methods of instruction and cooperation in the development of curricula and other teaching activities. This position traditionally has been held by a K–12 teacher.
  7. A member of the Committee on Committees, which names members to appointive committees, including book prize committees, standing committees, and grant and fellowship committees. It also appoints AHA delegates to learned and professional societies.
  8. Three places on the Nominating Committee, which nominates candidates for all the elective offices and elective committee positions.

Recommending nominees to the Nominating Committee is one of the most significant ways members can affect AHA policy and administration. The process is open. When making nominations, the committee tries to secure representation of all viewpoints, backgrounds, academic interests, all kinds of institutional affiliations as well as unaffiliated historians, and teachers at all levels of the educational system. In short, the committee aspires to have the Association governed by members as diverse as our profession.

To accomplish this goal, we need your help. Please propose yourself or any friends and colleagues who you believe can serve the Association in any of these positions. If you think the AHA has not adequately represented some constituency—as defined by type of institution, type of history studies, or personal characteristics—then please make a special effort to bring potential candidates who will do so to our attention. If possible, send a potential candidate’s c.v. and ask others to write in support. But even if you cannot find time to do so, the committee will take every recommendation very seriously and secure information itself. To help us do so, please send us the recommendee’s e-mail address if you can. Since the Nominating Committee (listed below) consists entirely of faculty from four-year institutions, we are particularly grateful for recommendations of people in parts of the profession where we have fewer connections of our own: public historians, community college teachers, and K–12 teachers, among others. The same is true of recommendations for the graduate student slot on the AHA Council, since the grad students we know best—those at our own institutions—cannot serve as long as we ourselves continue to do so.

The only restrictions are these:

  1. A nominee must be a member of the Association. If you know good citizens in the profession who you hope will serve the AHA at some point, encourage them to join. You need not check on a potential candidate's membership yourself; the committee can do so.
  2. The AHA wants to avoid concentrating leadership positions in a few institutions. Therefore we will not nominate candidates from the institutions (listed below) that are already represented among officers and on elective committees. However, we maintain files of potential candidates recommended to us, so don't let this stand in the way of recommending someone for future consideration.
    Institutions that are currently represented are: Univ. of Arizona, Boston Coll., Univ. of California at Davis, Huntington Library, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Indiana Univ. South Bend, Univ. of Iowa, Univ. of Miami, Univ. of Michigan, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Northeastern Univ., Univ. of Notre Dame, Penn State Univ., Pomona Coll., Princeton Univ., Queensborough Community Coll., CUNY, Raritan Valley Community Coll., Rice Univ., Univ. of Southern California, Stanford Univ., Univ. of Texas at Austin, and U.S. Park Service.

Please forward your suggestions as soon as possible, with any supporting material you can provide, to the AHA Nominating Committee, c/o Sharon K. Tune, 400 A Street, S.E., Washington, DC 20003-3889; you may fax to the same addressee at 202-544-8307; or e-mail, with supporting material as attachments, to any of the committee members. Please feel free to send general comments and make general recommendations about the Nominating Committee’s responsibilities to any of its members.


2005 AHA Nominating Committee

Kenneth L. Pomeranz,
University of California at Irvine,chair

Paula Findlen,
Stanford University

Dena Goodman,
University of Michigan

Antoinette Burton,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Neil Foley,
University of Texas at Austin

David Northrup,
Boston College

Olivia Remie Constable,
University of Notre Dame

Michael Gonzales,
Northern Illinois University

Clarence E. Walker,
University of California at Davis

A copy of this invitation is posted on the AHA web site with hotlinks to members of the committee.

* That is, the Nominating Committee will consider nominations for the 2005 election of the president-elect separately in two geographical groups: one for Europe and another for areas other than Europe and U.S.

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